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Ken Hitchcock thinks Drew Doughty is the best player in the series

May 6, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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If there’s anything Ken Hitchcock would know a thing or two about it’s how well defenseman are playing. He’s a tough defense-loving coach and after seeing three straight games of the Kings putting his Blues in a headlock, he’s got a good idea who is doing the most damage to his squad.

For Hitchcock, the guy that’s been best so far in the series is Kings defenseman Drew Doughty. Hitchcock tells Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times Doughty compares very favorably with his own blue liner in Alex Pietrangelo in how they both handle the game.

“They can absorb a check and lug out the puck out themselves. You can’t find that very often. That’s what he [Doughty] does. You think you’ve got him. He pulls away on you. You think you’ve got him pinned on the boards; he pulls it off the boards and makes the play. Both guys are great at it.”

Doughty has been a physical as well as a play making force against St. Louis and one of many Kings who are making life miserable for the Blues. After scoring a goal and adding two assists in Game 3 it seems as if Doughty is only getting better as the series rolls along. With the Blues a game away from elimination, that doesn’t bode well at all for their future.

  1. sjsharksfan11 - May 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Blomfeld = lunatic

    • blomfeld - May 6, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      sjsharksfan11 = infidel !

  2. blomfeld - May 6, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
    Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
    All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
    Couldn’t put Humpty together again

    I don’t know about you guys, but this Ken Hitchcock does strike me as a sort of tragic “Humpty Dumpty” type character ? … his silly talk about “hammers and nails”, his initial naive observation that he’ll “probably” require more from his defense, etc. At any rate, I’ve nothing against him or the Blues personally. They’re a good team and Hitchcock is an accomplished coach. However their defeat is required in-order for us Kings to proceed on to the next round … and so the sooner we get this over with the better. Come on you guys, let’s finish the job today !

    GO KINGS GO ! :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  3. barroomhero80 - May 6, 2012 at 3:03 PM


  4. danphipps01 - May 6, 2012 at 5:02 PM

    Doughty’s really looking like he’s returning to the form that got him into the Olympics. I’m impressed with what Sutter’s done to quell his ego and get him working harder and playing more responsibly in his own zone. If he keeps this up, he’ll be back to All-Star form and earning every penny of that giant salary. Glad to see him playing so intensely again!

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